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PHI-1.3.2 Data Details

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PHI-1.3.2 Increase the proportion of state public health agencies that incorporate Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals into performance evaluations

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
ASTHO Profile of State Public Health
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Yes
Measure: 
percent
Baseline (Year): 
15 (2012)
Target: 
16
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

Number of State public health agencies that responded that the core competencies for public health professionals are used for performance evaluations

Denominator: 

Number of State public health agencies that responded to this item in the ASTHO Profile survey

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2012 State and Territorial Public Health Survey:

    [NUMERATOR:]

    Indicate the use of various public health competencies in the course of managing your agency personnel: Core compentencies for public health professionals (Council on Linkages)

    • Not familiar with
    • Familiar with but have not used
    • Conducting performance evaluations
    • Developing training plans
    • Preparing job descriptions
    • Other use
Data Collection Frequency: 
Periodic
Methodology Notes: 

    The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) are a consensus set of skills for the broad practice of public health, as defined by the 10 Essential Public Health Services. Developed by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages), the Core Competencies reflect foundational skills desirable for professionals engaging in the practice, education, and research of public health. These competencies are organized into eight domains, reflecting skill areas within public health, and three tiers, representing career stages for public health professionals.

    The ASTHO Profile Survey is the only comprehensive source of information about State public health agency activities, structure, and resources. ASTHO sends a link to the web-based survey to senior deputies at State health agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The approximately 120-question instrument covers the following topic areas: 1. Structure, governance, and priorities; 2. Workforce; 3. State health agency activities; 4. Planning and quality improvement; 5. Health information management; 6. Finance.

    Along with general instructions, senior deputies received recommendations on the most appropriate staff/departments to fill out each section of the survey. Surveys could be filled out by multiple personnel in multiple sittings. The Profile Survey response rate was 96 percent among the 50 states and DC in 2012. Extensive follow-up was conducted with the states throughout 2013 to verify responses. When response errors were identified, ASTHO’s Survey Research team worked with the state to correct these responses. In instances where the state did not respond to multiple follow-up attempts, the Survey Research team used their expertise to determine whether or not to retain the data.

    State and District of Columbia health agencies that responded "Conducting performance evaluations" to the survey question "Indicate the use of various public health competencies in the course of managing your agency personnel: Core compentencies for public health professionals (Council on Linkages)" were counted in the numerator.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
In 2015, objective PHI-1.3 "Increase the proportion of State public health agencies that incorporate Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals into job descriptions and performance evaluations" was split into two objectives and moved to measurable status: PHI-1.3.1 "Increase the proportion of State public health agencies that incorporate Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals into job descriptions" and PHI-1.3.2 "Increase the proportion of State public health agencies that incorporate Core Competencies for Public health Professionals into performance evaluations." The PHI-1.3.2 baseline statement is "15 percent of state public health agencies incorporated Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals into performance evaluations by 2012." The PHI-1.3.2 target is 16 percent (10 percent improvement target setting method). The data source is the ASTHO Profile Survey.